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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

  • Apr 30, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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For April, the club will be reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.  We will meet at the new location of Zoe's Kitchen, on North Druid Hills and Briarcliff Road.

See below for more on the book (from Amazon):

The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.

The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules’s now-married best friends, become shockingly successful—true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken.

Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

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  • David L.

    Is there a May book posted somewhere?

    May 12, 2014

    • Arati

      Hi David! I will post the books and meeting dates for the next few months soon. There is a poll running now to choose the next books. Please vote if you get the chance! Thanks, Arati

      1 · May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wasn't able to finish this book in time. I don't want to spoil the ending-so I'll meet you guys next time.

    April 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed you guys at the last meet-up. Looking forward to this read.

    April 7, 2014

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